Beale Street Love sound like a bar band. Unusually they are a bar band who are easy to love. This EP contains some splendid, inspired moments of rock music that seems out of step with current times but the passion of the band members really shines through.
'Utah' is the best song Joe Jackson never recorded. Key to this is the keyboard work of David Tenenholtz and some gut-wrenching vocals from Andrew Santora. It could be overwrought (and on 'What You Wanted To Say' it arguably falls into that trap) but the band members keep a classy club-friendly feel that is part jazz/part last orders melancholia. Santora's looping vocal theatrics also work well on 'Momma Love' whilst a wordless harmony is the highlight of 'While You Wait'. Although a fashionable comparison to make would be the likes of French Kicks, there's also aspects of Bily Joel's early soulful material in evidence. Beale Street Love are
one of those bands who sound tired on paper but come alive on record.